Following a few frenetic days of racing – highlighted by the G1 Maturity Classic, G3 Fireball and Victorian Straight Track Championship heats – the ‘volume’ gets ‘turned down’ a little.
But you’ll still ‘hear’ plenty of enticing action today – particularly at Shepparton featuring Fernando Bluey (G1 Australian Cup runner-up).
Fernando Bluey (19 from 37 – 7 from 7 Box 1) v Oriental Amber (21 from 43 – 4 from 5 Trk/Dst) has all the hallmarks of a ‘need for speed’ battle in a FFA (385m).
Runner-up to Tommy Shelby in the G1 Australian Cup, Fernando Bluey (11 of past 17) was narrowly beaten by dual country cups hero Ferdinand Boy in a new TR (21.31sec) over 385m here three weeks ago.
Ironically, the previous mark was held by G2 Ballarat Cup finalist Oriental Amber (5 from 7 Box 2) who remains Horsham’s 410m TR holder (22.64sec).
Another intriguing face-off is Handsome Jack (12 from 44 – 4 of past 6) v Braemar Prince (12 from 27) in the GRV Vic Bred Series Grade 5 final (450m).
The adaptable pair also excel ‘up the straight’ at Healesville where Handsome Jack was a Derby finalist and Braemar Prince a Winter Cup finalist.
Meanwhile, Shanlyn Cripps (4 from 11 – 2 from 3 Trk/Dst) is living up to his AFL namesake – Carlton star Patrick Cripps. He’s won 2 of his past 3, both over 385m here.
Here’s an extensive analysis of today’s Must Watch Race, and be sure to scroll down further for ? The Watchdog’s $10 spend…
? MUST-WATCH RACE: Netfind Pty Ltd Free For All
FERNANDO BLUEY ? ORIENTAL AMBER ? GOT A TRUMP ? RILYNN BALE
? Shepparton ? Race 7 ? 385m ⏱ 9:12pm
Form ? https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666541501/race/7
The Watchdog says ?: Group 1 Australian Cup runner up FERNANDO BLUEY (1) has come up with the gun draw tonight, however he runs into a few fellow jetliners and he can’t afford to make any mistakes. He has been brilliant in his two runs since returning from a spell and if he can reproduce his performance when placed behind superstar Ferdinand Boy here in track record time, he should prove hard to reel in. He went through the first marker in a dynamic 7.93sec that night and that would be enough to see him hold the top through the first bend. If the track is in good condition, he could press the record (21.31sec). ORIENTAL AMBER (2) previously held the track record here with a blistering 21.35sec performance and she is still racing at that type of level at present. She probably can’t match ‘Bluey’ in the first 100m, but she will get a nice trail behind him and if he is slightly off his game she will be there to capitalise. RILYNN BALE (4) is a phenomenal talent having won a staggering 31 races from 66 attempts and she is one of the most reliable beginners in the game. She will need to spear the lids to cross the red, and we know she is more than capable of doing that, so she may cause a minor boilover. GOT A TRUMP (2) rounds out the serious chances. He has been enormous in his past two wins here and is armed with breathtaking mid race pace. If he can find the rail initially, he should get a nice run through in the middle stages and he is a must for your exotic bets.
Selections: 1 – 3 – 4 – 2